Lake Fort Smith State Park: Plan a Camping Trip

We’re sharing fun things to do to help you plan your next road trip to this beautiful park in "The Natural State." It is a great place to get outside on the weekend and enjoy one of many incredible state parks in Arkansas! 

Best Things to Do at Lake Fort Smith State Park


Lake Fort Smith State Park has a great campground. There are 20 sites with full hookups. There are also 10 class B campsites with water and electricity.  

There are miles of trails to explore. Some of the most popular include the Warren Hollow Trail, Boston Mountain Trail, and Ozark Highlands Trail. 



You can bring your kayak or canoe or rent kayaks at the marina seasonally. We enjoyed paddling around the lake to the scenic bluffs and rock outcroppings. The water was crystal clear.

Self-Guided Tours

We saw quite a few small, motorized fishing boats with folks enjoying their weekend fishing trip. There were also people fishing from the shore.  



The Ozark Highlands Trail is a popular backpacking trail that goes all the way to Buffalo National River. Lake Fort Smith State Park is the western terminus for the Ozark Highlands Trail, covering 165 miles through the Ozarks Mountains. 

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